J.T. Thompson knows a little something about intimidation. The athletic 6-foot-6, 210-pound forward from Forrest Hills High School in Union County, N.C., will have a dunk every once in a while that just freezes the opposition.
Thompson said he likes to throw a windmill dunk down every once in a while just to keep his opponents on their heels.
"That's my favorite. There is just something about it," Thompson said. "They look like they know they are in trouble after I do it. It seems like we go up by 10 after every time I dunk it. But the thing is, I don't go looking for a dunk. It just comes. One time someone asked me to dunk it and I tried all game to do it and I didn't play that well. It just has to come."
Thompson and his cousin Dorenzo Hudson have been intimidating teams all season long to the tune of a 15-1 record. Thompson is averaging 17 points and 11 rebounds this year, he said.
Schools have put Thompson on the watch list for the class of 2007.
"It is pretty busy this season," Thompson said of his recruitment. "We have a lot of letters coming through the office and I've been getting a lot of calls. Coaches are telling me that they would like for us to come and see how they play and check out their system. It's been pretty crazy."
Thompson said Clemson, Georgia and Virginia Tech have been the most consistent schools recruiting him so far this season. All three have offered, Thompson said, as have East Carolina and South Carolina.
He and Hudson are being recruited by the same schools and their offer lists are identical. That is just what the two want, too.
"It would be nice to play with him," Thompson said. "We both want to go to the same school if at all possible."